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Frioul Bistro de Luxe
Nominated for Best Newcomer
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Named after the Frioul islands off the southern coast of France, this Madinat Jumeirah eatery takes its inspiration from the similar sense of French-Mediterranean chic that has become increasingly popular in Dubai. As well as white, summery seating outside, the inside continues in an all-white (and very stylish) tone with one of very few design details to break up the whiteness being a tortoise-shell façade above the open kitchen. Service is charmingly polite, and the staff are knowledgeable of the menu and efficient throughout. Expect frogs legs, merquez, bouillabaisse and bone marrow, but with an air of modernity to it. From pretty tasty to truly sublime, the food menu at Frioul is excellent.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, (04 567 0011)

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